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Barcelona wonderkid target offered three-year extension by current club – report

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Barcelona’s interest in 16-year-old Argentina youngster Alvaro Montoro was brought to light only a month back, and Carlos Monfort is now reporting that his signing for the Blaugrana is stalling as his current team, Velez Sarsfield has offered him his first professional contract of three years.

The journalist also mentions that Barcelona cannot pay a transfer fee for the youngster given his age, however, sporting director Deco did meet with his agent in August to work on a loan deal with a purchase option.

At the moment, despite the contract offer from Velez Sarsfield, Montoro is said to be keen on playing in Europe as early as this winter.

Montoro wants Barcelona despite heavy interest

Back in September, Barcelona’s interest in Montoro surfaced, with reports emerging that the Blaugrana are closely monitoring his progress. Meanwhile, the likes of Fiorentina, Sevilla, and Villarreal were also said to be keeping a watchful eye on the rising talent.

Nevertheless, the young sensation made it clear that his top priority is securing a transfer to Barcelona during the upcoming January transfer window.

Barcelona have ruled out Alvaro Montoro’s signing in January. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it must be noted that despite being 16 years of age, Montoro doesn’t have to wait to make his transition to European football as he also holds an Italian passport. This was the reason why a January move to Barcelona was actually thought to be on the cards.

Barcelona rule out the signing

As it turns out, however, Barcelona recently ruled out the possibility of signing Montoro, citing various factors that contributed to this decision. The reasons behind this exclusion could be purely related to sporting considerations, financial factors, or a combination of both.

To begin with, the emergence of talents like Gavi and Pedri in the first team, along with the rise of promising prospects like Fermín and the development of youth players such as Aleix Garrido, has made the acquisition of Montoro a secondary concern for Barcelona as they plan for the future.

At the moment, Barcelona have no plan to go for the 16-year-old and their stance is unlikely to change and Sarsfield’s offer of a three-year extension could make matters more certain.

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